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After Three Months, FG Lifts Ban On Interstate Movement, Approves Reopening of Schools

The federal government this afternoon lifted the ban on interstate travel and also approved the reopening of schools for pupils in Primary 6, and students in JSS3 and SS3.

The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha,  announced this at the presidential task force briefing earlier on Monday.

According to the SGF,  pupils in primary six,  students in JSS3 and SS3 will be allowed to return to school.

Mustapha, who is the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 revealed that the president, Muhammadu Buhari gave the approval when his team met with him earlier in the day.

“​I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020,” the SGF said.

​”Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:

“Maintaining the current phase of the national response, for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the National Coordinator;

“Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020;

“Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places;

“Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations.”

The federal ministry of education last week proposed that schools establish temporary isolation centres and other safety protocols before they would be allowed to open as a way of checkmating the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.